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What is the Decennial Census?

Count

The census is a head count of everyone residing in the United States: in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas.

Who is counted in the Decennial Census?

Everyone

All residents of the United States must be counted. This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and non-citizens. The Census count will include Federal employees (both military and civilian) and their dependents living overseas with them that can be assigned to a home state.

When is the Decennial Census conducted?

Every 10 years

Every 10 years, and the next census occurs in 2010. Census questionnaires will be mailed or delivered to every household in the United States in March 2010. The questions ask you to provide information that is accurate for your household as of April 1, 2010.

Where is the Decennial Census conducted?

Everywhere in the U.S.

The census counts everyone residing in the United States: in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. People should be counted where they live and sleep most of the year.

Why do we conduct the Decennial Census?

The U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 2) mandates a headcount of everyone residing in the United States. The population totals determine each state’s Congressional representation. The numbers also affect funding in your community and help inform decision makers about how your community is changing.

How is the Decennial Census conducted?

The Census Bureau will mail or deliver questionnaires to your house in March 2010. We will mail a second form to households that do not respond to the initial questionnaire.

Households that still do not respond will be called or visited by a Census worker. (Census workers can be identified by a census badge and bag.

Courtesy of The United States Census Bureau